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LETTER FROM THE
meeting provided another great night of creative fun.
Zentangles flew off our fingers with beautiful results. I
heard talk of a Zentangle art exhibit over dinner that
evening. Hmm, sounds interesting. Thank you, Judy Lehman, for
such a terrific presentation.
big event is the Houston Indie Book Festival on April
14th. Are you an author with books to sell? If so,
this is something you do not want to miss. Are you a book
reader? Then you do not want to miss it either. Be sure to
read the article to get all the details.
Messages, our collaboration show in May
and June, is on my mind these days. I am fortunate to be
working on two projects for this show and I have been spending
a lot of time working with my partners. It is a marvelous
experience to interact with other creative people. Starting
from zero, getting to know each other, noodling together,
exploring ideas, and then Bam!, an idea
explodes between you. This is what WiVLA is about, that Bam!
of creativity taking you to unexpected places.
you are finding your Bam! as you work on your collaboration
project. Whether your work will hang at Betz Gallery or be
presented at the June meeting, we are all waiting to see and
hear it. Since the deadline for submitting your entry form is
the day before our next meeting, the event coordinators have
decided to accept entries at the meeting, too. You can
postmark your entry by April 16 or deliver it to Donna Durbin
at the meeting on April 17.
looking forward to hearing the reports from our 2011 ECO Award
winners, Sally Stubbs and Mary Ann
Gremillion at this month's meeting and finding out
who our 2012 winners will be. Good luck to all who
not miss the professional reading of the play Diana
Weeks wrote during of her 2010 ECO Award
residency at the Vermont Studio Center. It is Monday,
April 2 at Stages Theater. See more about it in the
have a lot of opportunities available for WiVLA members to get
their creative juices flowing. The art prompt, Corry's "True
Colors," and the Mixed Messages collaboration project - not to
mention the monthly call for entries.
Don't forget -
members can also submit articles. Be sure to check out the
second installment of Michelle Zacks' "Good Bars to Write,
Draw, or Read." It's inspired by Cary Reeder's long-running
to a creative and productive month!
MEMBERSHIP MEETING - MARCH
members made Zentangles with presenter Judy Lehman.
Thank you, Judy!
MEMBERSHIP MEETING - APRIL
come and enjoy the presentations of Sally Stubb, Visual
ECO Award winner and Maryann Gremillion, Literary
ECO Award winner.
ECO Awardee presents a program the year after
receiving the award, using the material and ideas
generated by their ECO experience. The
presentations are exciting and inspirational.
You won't want to miss this meeting. We look
forward to your support and presence!
Join us afterwards, "Dutch Treat," at Cafe
Express for dinner and the gift of
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If every WiVLA member participated and
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over $4,000 from this program. That would pay for next year's
ECO awards and Gold Key scholarships!
I tested the offer myself and found it
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to save me over $700 per year on my auto insurance and about
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We'd like to
know your True Colors. This new column will
allow members to share some of their special details
so we can all find new ways to connect with each
Colors is based on an activity Rebecca Kveton shared with the
board at the January retreat. Thanks, Rebecca!
If you'd like to put you True
Colors in the WiVLA paintbox, click here for the
questions and colors. Answer 4 or 5 of them, and submit to
Corry Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be submitted to
the newsletter as they are received.
Introducing... Andrea Waguespack, our
Cobalt Blue: Do you like your name? Why or why
not? How would you decorate it if you could make
your own nameplate? How does your name make you feel? Is there
a family or friend story about your name?
like my name, although I don't like having a name that can be
pronounced multiple ways. In Louisiana, where I was born, it's
pronounced Ahn-drea. In Texas, it's Anne-drea. Growing up, I
always wanted a cute American name that only had one
pronunciation. I longed to be called Katie or Molly.
Burnt Sienna: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
10 years? Farther in the future? Do you use a particular tool
for visualizing your future?
question scares me. Gosh - now it's time to do some soul
Crimson: Where are you from and how did you get
here? (can be taken literally or
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but I've lived in Houston for nearly
20 years. Houston is home for me.
"here" by waking up 6 years ago and saying "I really, really,
really hate where my life is going. This is not the true me! I
need a life makeover!"
the things I didn't like about my life, quit my job and
enrolled in college full time. During that period, I met my
future husband. I can't imagine my life being the same, had I
not married him.
One of my
favorite quotes is "Go confidently in the direction of your
dreams. Live the life you've imagined." It definitely helps to
get through rough patches, especially as an artist.
Yellow Ochre: Where is your special place on earth?
Where do you go when life presents difficulties? Where do you
go to feel joy? Are they both the same? Do you
have a place where you find your muse? Describe any or all of
place on Earth is my bathtub. The running water blocks out all
the noise in the house. It's easier for me to concentrate - on
the book I'm reading, the piece I'm writing, and even my own
that is: the outdoors. Even if it's sitting on my porch or
near a window. I particularly like to walk the trails at
Memorial Park and the nearby arboretum if something is on my
"MIXED MESSAGES" ENTRIES DUE IN
is time to get busy on Mixed
the 2012 collaboration show. Entries must be
postmarked no later than April 16, 2012 or
hand-delivered to Donna Durbin at the WiVLA meeting on
April 17, 2012.
collaboration show has a unique twist this year, with the
exhibition opening and the literary occasion taking place at
different times. This solves the problem of gallery noise
drowning out the readings, which we have experienced in the
gallery exhibition will be at Betz Gallery from May 4 through
May 12, 2012 and the opening reception will be on May 5. The
readings will take place at WiVLA's regular meeting on June
19, 2012 and will include refreshments, too. When you read the
prospectus, you will see that the June event is open to any
collaboration piece that does not fit in a gallery show. This
could include things like performance art, videos, play
excerpts, or dance performances in addition to literary
is a chance to let your creativity run wild and have a
wonderful, collegial experience with one to three other WiVLA
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submissions by the 20th of the month to
email@example.com. Members may submit up
to 5 entries. Submissions must be for this month's
prompt only. Visual art will need to be submitted
in digital format as a .jpeg image. Literary art
must be submitted in .doc format and can be no longer than 2
pages. This is not a contest - all
submissions will be published for everyone to
this month. Check back again in May!
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Sharon Worley's book, A
Feminist Analysis of Gender and Primogeniture in Neoclassical
Tragedy: The Literary Politics Behind the French
Revolution has been published by Edwin Mellen
Szczepanski's novel Playing St. Barbara has
been accepted for publication in 2013 by High Hill Press. The
novel follows the lives of an immigrant coal miner's wife
and three daughters in southwestern Pennsylvania from
Stubbs' following two FotoFest event shows continue
through April 24th. Her WIVLA ECO Grant photographs of Palo
Duro Canyon are on display m-ARCHITECTS in Houston. Sally's
photography is also on display at Betz Art Gallery in Houston.
Cox is one of three people who have been invited by
the Round Top, Texas Library to read a combination of their
poetry and essays on May 17 at 7:00
Melanie Rosin will be
doing a national radio interview on the ArtistFirst Radio
Network for her newly-published poetry collection entitled
Four Feet from the Surface. Her interview will be on
Tuesday, April 3rd at 6pm central. You can listen to her live
Lowery's published 2 poems: Where Our Mother
Died and How Everything Stands in Place.
Two of her poems will soon be published:
Dreamcatcher and Housekeeping
101. Readings are scheduled at Brazos Bookstore on
April 5, Ideson Public Library on April 7, Lone Star
College-Montgomery on April 19, and at Café Boheme on April
Pena will be reading from her poetry book, Sunset
Everywhere, as well as new poems from an upcoming book at
Brazos Bookstore on April 5. Another poem by Laura was
accepted for Boundless, the anthology of The Rio
Grande Valley International Poetry Festival.
news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN VISUAL
Art is not
about thinking something up. It is the opposite -- getting
Cameron, The Artist's Way
you doing with your collaboration for our "Mixed Messages"
show? To participate, your prospectus needs to be postmarked
by Monday, April 16. Get your juices going, meet with your
partners and get moving.
forward to seeing the synergy that results from our members.
"Mixed Messages" opens Saturday, May 5th at Betz Gallery.
Thanks to the women who volunteered at the March meeting to
help hang art on Thursday, May 3.
get more involved? If you have any questions, contact:
Donna Durbin via email or Michele Zacks via email.
GOOD BARS TO DRAW, WRITE OR
CARY REEDER'S COLUMN
@ Richmond, Phone: 713-521-2002
on?! Nobody has yet refuted my idea that a bar
can be a perfect fit for such intellectual activities as
drawing, writing or reading. So I've carried on my mission:
READ NOOK at Zimm's. So far, this has been the best of my
What I want from a bar is a few interesting
people, just enough noise, a good glass of red wine, dim light
and a relaxing décor. The right music (for me, 90s tunes), not
too loud, is a big plus. Zimm's has it on all points. Ask them
to turn up the light at the bar and they'll do so. You'll get
through more than a few pages in your Nook book
the specs?! The bartenders have curiosity and
you can expect either solid attention or aloof moods. Isn't
this what you want anyway? Zimm's is located just a bit south
of THE BLACK LAB (see last
month's WIVLA Voices). The advantage of being in the
Museum District with the excellent freeway access remains.
Parking is slightly more of a challenge. You'll have to park
on the street in front or on one of the narrow side streets -
or pay a bit for a spot in their lot right behind.
eats?! This bar is hard core - wine and
martinis etc. No food served. They have the best lemon drops
of anywhere I've been. The combination of vodka, fresh lemon
juice, and sugar with the sugar rim is sublimely relaxing. I
wouldn't advise more than one and they are best sipped slowly
between pages or lines. If you're with other writers and
artists, it's wonderful to share an appetizer platter which
they'll order for you from the neighboring Thai Sticks
Restaurant. Just the nibbles you need to keep on drinking. I
zone?! I rate this bar at 7/10. The bar stools
are spaced apart nicely; you get a little attitude boost from
the friendly, well-dressed company. Week nights are mellow and
satisfying, with a few couples peppering the bar. Don't go on
a Friday or Saturday evening. That is, unless you reserve a
table and take ear plugs. Their outdoor patio is a decent spot
to lay out your project notebooks or show-n-tell ideas. Take
advantage of mild spring nights in Houston in this classic
stylish Montrose bar. Go in jeans and get in the mood to meet
some strangers. You might end up talking to an English
professor and sharing thoughts on favorite books. Yeah, it
happened to me. And there's no better bar prop than coffee -
or a Nook. If your mission fails, you can always take
inspiration from their ever changing painting
HOUSTON INDIE BOOK
the date for the Houston Indie Book Festival,
Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Menil
WiVLA is proud to be a participant at
the festival and will host an exhibitor table with information
about our organization. The table will be available to
members who have published books they want to sell.
join WiVLA and local independent booksellers for a lovely day
of readings, children's activities, and panel discussions in
For more information about selling
your books, contact Jennifer Watson via email.
PLEASE "LIKE" US
you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to
FB page could be an excellent tool for communicating
informally among members. Are you still looking for a
collaboration partner? Post it on our page. Do you have a show
coming up? Post it on our page. Are you teaching a workshop or
selling equipment? Post it on our page. Do you have a new brag
to share? Post it on WiVLA's Facebook page.
find us, search Facebook for Women in the Visual and Literary
Arts [WiVLA]. Then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your
DIANA WEEKS INDUCTED
INTO THE 1st PLAYWRITING HALL OF FAME____________________________________________________________
On March 17,
2012 in Tyler, Texas, Diana Weeks was inducted into the first
Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame, sponsored by Texas Non-Profit
Theatres, Inc. She was instrumental in starting the
of Texas Non-Profit Theatre members is to promote and improve
live theatre. To achieve this goal, they recognize the
value of showcasing new plays. Playwrights provide the heart
of the creative dramatic process, but most do not have a
theatre available to them to see their works come to
Texas Non-Profit Theatre recognizes that local
playwrights, as much as other local theatre professionals,
need a place to develop and use their talents. They believe
the theatre will gain prestige, expanded audiences, and extra
publicity by presenting premiere productions of new plays by
Diana Weeks' idea to start this playwriting competition that
has helped so many playwrights, both in Texas and from all the
states, to hear their voices through
four playwrights will received productions at four different
theatres in Texas.
FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
Websites for artist exhibition Calls for
Center for Contemporary Craft is accepting entries
for crafttexas 2012. Applications must be completed
and submitted online via the Cafe system. Deadline is March
15. Exhibition dates: September 29 - December 30, 2012. Work
in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and found/recycled
Lone Star Art Guild is a non-profit organization
started in Brenham, Texas in 1961. Visit their website to find
more information about contests and art leagues that are
within a 200 mile radius of Houston.
Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission
guidelines and more information, visit their website.
Center for Photography: 30th Annual Juried Membership
Exhibition, Deadline April 20, 2012 Juror: Anne
Wilkes Tucker For prospectus: callforentry.org For more info: http://www.hcponline.org
City Art Festival Downtown is taking
applications for the festival to be held October 13th and
14th. Application deadline is April 27th. Click here for more
Annual Galveston Food & Wine Festival is
looking for artists to participate in their event on Galveston
Island on April 20th and 21st. Click here for more
Gallery Call for Entries: 4th Annual
Juried Exhibition. Even held July 7 thru August 1,
2012. Deadline: July 2 - 3, 10am-6pm- Hand deliver Artwork to
Gallery. Click here for prospectus.
opportunities for artists to show and sell their work. This
year they have a new Village Green for the Green
Community and Green Artists. Click here for more
Galleries Artist Call.
Interested in showing your work in the Kingwood gallery?
Contact Melissa Watson via email or call 585-737-9524.
from Audra Sewell-Noblique... Art
Professionals of Texas, an elite group of artists for
whom art is a way of life, is now accepting membership
applications based on portfolio review from artists in all
mediums. Click here for more
FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________
in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We
recommend you research each contest, and contact the
is accepting poetry, translation, review, essay, and
interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for
Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between 100-300
words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click here for
Letters Magazine seeks fiction, essays, or
poetry regardless of subject, style, or genre. A rough average
length for prose is 3,000 to 5,000 words. Deadline: April 30,
2012. Click here for more
Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site.
Click here for
information about various scriptwriting
Borderlands: A Texas Poetry
Review is accepting poetry, essays, book reviews, and
art. Deadline: June 15. Click here for more information.
sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry,
articles, essays, and more. Deadline: open. For more
information, visit Byline
Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year
round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more
details, please visit Fiction
Poetry Society Monthly Contest sponsors two
regular monthly contests from October through April, in the
categories of General and Light Verse. Deadlines are monthly
through March. For more information, click here.
is a monthly writing contest that seeks new short fiction to
be selected by rotating guest judges. Deadline: monthly. Small
fee to enter, cash prizes and publication every month, plus
annual anthology. For more information, click here .
& Writers is a great source for writing
contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.
Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including
essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For
submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.
Print Publishing offers a genuine, no fee book
competition that stretches over 12 months. Each month a
different genre; each month a winner. Winners are offered
contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and
marketing strategies. This is not a competition with prizes.
There is no entry fee. Only Print Ready novels of genuine
merit will be chosen. Get full details of rules, genres and
how to submit on their website.
Stubborn Woman, a
play written by Diana Weeks during her
2009 ECO Award-funded stay at the Vermont Studio Center, will
have a staged reading April 2 at 7 p.m. at Stages
(3201 Allen Parkway 77019). Admission is free.
A discussion with the cast and playwright will follow
the reading. Diana
will read one of her stories as part of the Fieldworks
Showcase on April 15 at Diverse Works. Tickets
new 3-D art organization will hold its first meeting at the
Archway Gallery on April 11 at 6 pm. This group is organized
by Nell Gottlieb, Pat Moberley Moore, Joy Mullet,
Cindy Butler Rasche, and Andrea
Wilkinson. It will provide an opportunity for 3-D
media artists to meet one another to learn and share. For more
information contact Pat Moberly Moore via email, or Cindy Butler Rasche at 281-246-4963 or via email.
Would you like to post an
announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month to
WiVLA CALENDAR OF
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